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Gouda and Chorizo Pretzel Bombs With Bourbon Honey-Mustard Sauce

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 20 pretzel bombs


Stuffed with melted, gooey Gouda and spicy chorizo, these soft, pillowy pretzel bombs are topped with melted butter and a sprinkling of salt to make the most irresistible party snack. Serve these pretzel bombs on their own or with a side of bourbon honey-mustard sauce. Either way, these Gouda and chorizo pretzel bombs will be your new party favorite.


For Soft Beer Pretzels
1 cup beer, preferably an amber ale
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 package active dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted, divided
1 cup shredded Gouda
4 ounces dried chorizo, diced
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
Pretzel or coarse kosher salt

For Bourbon Honey-Mustard Sauce
1/2 cup Dijon or whole grain mustard
1/2 cup honey
2-4 tablespoons bourbon


For Gouda and Chorizo Pretzel Bombs

  1. Mix the beer and 1/2 cup water together and heat to 100-110 degrees or the temperature listed on the yeast package. In a mixing bowl, pour in the warm beer and water mixture with sugar and salt. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit until it turns foamy, about five to 10 minutes.
  2. If using a stand mixer, add the flour and 1/4 cup melted butter to the beer and yeast mixture and use the paddle attachment on low speed to combine into a shaggy dough. Replace the paddle attachment with the dough hook. Turn the speed up one notch to speed two and knead until smooth and elastic. This should take about four minutes. If kneading by hand, stir in the flour and butter with the beer and yeast mixture in the mixing bowl until it becomes a dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. 
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl, lightly oil it, place the dough back in the bowl and cover. Allow to sit in a warm place for about an hour or until the dough doubles in size.
  4. Heat the oven to 450 degrees and boil 10 cups water with baking soda.
  5. Meanwhile, mix together the shredded Gouda and diced chorizo. Divide the dough into 20 equal balls. Keep the dough balls covered in a mixing bowl with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out. Flatten one dough ball at a time into a disk, about 3 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter.  Spoon 1 tablespoon of the Gouda and chorizo mixture onto the flatten pretzel dough and fold edges like a present. Pinch the seams and roll in between your palms to make sure the dough ball is well-sealed. Repeat for all dough balls. Keep the filled dough balls in another mixing bowl covered with plastic wrap to also prevent them from drying out. 
  6. Drop the sealed pretzel dough balls into the boiling water and baking soda for 30 seconds. Move to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Beat an egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water and brush it over the boiled pretzel dough balls. Sprinkle with salt. 
  7. Bake until the pretzels turn golden, about 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from oven and lightly brush with remaining 4 tablespoons of melted butter if desired. If the butter brushes off any salt, you can always add more if you'd like.

For Bourbon Honey-Mustard Sauce

  1. Mix together the mustard and honey. Add a little bourbon at a time until it suits your taste. Some prefer a boozier dip while others prefer a more subtle bourbon profile.
  2. Dunk pretzel bombs into bourbon honey-mustard sauce and eat. Enjoy!


  • Please note, this is dried chorizo, not fresh. Look for the kind that looks like a log of pepperoni or salami.
  • If you don't want to use beer for the pretzels, you can simply substitute more water.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stove-Top and Baking
  • Cuisine: German


  • Serving Size: 1 pretzel bomb
  • Calories: 199
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 2,408
  • Fat: 9
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 22
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 6
  • Cholesterol: 29

Keywords: pretzel bombs, chorizo pretzel bombs, Gouda pretzel bombs, stuffed pretzel bites